We've never been on a cruise ship before but we (myself, husband, 3 kids - 9, 19, 21 yr old) are scheduled to go on the Rhapsody of the Seas in July to Alaska. We took the late seating for dinner, is this a good time if we want to see some of the shows? I took the late seating thinking that it would give us time to do the shore excursions. What time are the shows and what night is the lobster dinner? Is the schedule of shows, activites and menu in the main dining room posted anywhere online? I couldn't find anything on the RCCL website.
The late seating is fine, it will save you having to rush to change after coming back from excursions. It is usually at 8.30pm
They always have two shows, so that the two dinner seatings can attend.
The main DR menus are posted on a board outside the restaurants each day.
All your daily activities are published in the 'Cruise Compass' it lists all shows, entertainments,excursions available. It is delivered to your cabin every night by your steward. Carry it with you- I use a highlighter pen to outline the things I do not want to miss.
I think you made the right choice. Enjoy your family cruise.
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I am cruising to Alaska in July w/ my family, too (on the Serenade). We have early seating b/c I just don't want to still be eating dinner at 10 pm. Sometimes dinner seems to take forever.
But we don't plan on eating every meal in the Main Dining room anyway.
We get back late from an excursion one day and may skip one formal night. On these nights we'll head over to Windjammers for the buffet.
So you do have options. You can even try to switch on board if you do not like the late seating though there maybe a waiting list. Being flexible is the key to a great vacation in our family.
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I don't know if I am allowed to do this, so delete me fast if I am not, but you can find many of the daily programs for cruises here, and sometimes menues, and although maybe not exact (might look at another Alaskan cruise by the same line), you can learn a geat deal.
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Late seating will work out fine. It gives you more flexibility in planning shore excursions and sightseeing.
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gbc...be sure to come back and write a review of your cruise. My ship, the Serenade, isn't sailing Alaska after 2009 so while I plan to write a review, it'll be of less use to people. But yours will be valuable to any future cruisers.
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